A few words for the respectable men out there…
My poem She dedicated to all beautiful ladies
Beyond that pretty face
Yes there’s surely grace
But a powerful mind too!
She may not always handy
She’s not a plaything
Nor an eye candy!
Besides love and care
She needs her respect share
And some space
You got a choice
Either be her master
Or make her your Queen
And be the King!
28th April 2017
Prisoner Of Heartland
In the dungeon
Of my heart
I have kept you
In the chains of love,
You cry for freedom;
But I won’t let you
Leave my Kingdom
That dungeon of heart
was visited by no one ever
You don’t realize
It is not mine
It is solely your Kingdom!
A Valentine Secret
by Emily Murdoch
Hello Fellow Bloggers! 🙂
Wishing you all Hello! all the way from Karachi to all fellow bloggers, hoping you guys enjoying this blog tour, this is is my first blog for the readers club.
Its a mere humble try to pen down the book review about the regency novella ” A Valentine Secret” by Emily Murdoch which is a Regency Romance. The novella revolves around the love story of Jonathan Brodie, the only son of the Baron Sir Roger Brodie and Penelope the adopted girl who was raised by the local florists Mr and Mrs Baldwins. The novella was set in the village of Maplebridge. A Valentine Secret is surely a treat for all Romance genre lovers.
“The course of true love never did run smooth…” ( A Midsummer Night’s dream, William Shakespeare)
The plot of the novel was running smooth initially but, then later hurdles appeared and the climax of the story occurred in chapter 9 and 10. Well the last chapter has the resolution as well as the ending. Ending is a fairy tale one with union of hero and heroine. If we imagine an alternative ending that won’t be then what Jonathan and Penelope’s love deserves.
The basic theme on which the whole story is based is of Valentine on which the title of the novella too is based on. The spirit of Valentine runs through out the novella and it started right from the beginning of the novella in Chapter 1 when Jonathan first puts his eyes on Penelope, it was love at first sight as if the arrow of Cupid is scouted and then the Valentine letter which actually saved Jonathan.
” I will be your Valentine every day of our lives”
Apart from the basic themes of love and Valentine, Emily also pointed the social issues prevailing in the Regency period, one of the most prominent is the strict class difference and the class conscious society of Maplebridge which was very much evident from Mr Roger Brodie ‘s disapproval for Baldwins and of people’s reaction when they see Penelope and Jonathan together in the ball.
Another aspect I find interesting in the novella is the resemblance of traits of Austen’s novels. Yes the novella reminds me very much of my favorite novelist of Regency era Jane Austen. The novella is same like Jane Austen’s fairy tale happy endings kind of, where all ends well and usually in form a marriage. Its love theme and class conscious society too resembles with what Austen used to portray in her novels. Even the close knitted society of Maplebridge reminds one like the society of Hartfield in Emma. The portrayal of the character of Jonathan is similar like that of Austen’s hero flawless and all good. Even the character of Penelope is also depicted as that of a strong girl like that of Elizabeth or Emma.
“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control” (Emma, Jane Austen)
In short, the reading experience of the novella A Valentine Secret is a pleasurable one, the story is calm it depicts calmness the same which Jane Austen’s novel ” Emma” does, yes that novel depicts calmness it is pure from the chaos of an Urban life. It will be loved by all Romance genre fans. I really like the setting of Maplebridge in which the novella is set and the regency era, seemed well researched and flawless. Well done! more power to you Emily !
Wishing all Happy readings and happy blogging 🙂
It rained like never before!
It was one dark night
Rained like never before!
As if there was no sun afore!
The rain was more like pouring
Poured like a wild stream
Rained the whole night
But the sun did shine
The next day
Brighter like never before!
(Poem from a collection of Bedtime poems)
Say it once
Say it once
What you have to
Without employing puns
Say it once!
Tell me what you should
Not a candied lie
Lets say no to falsehood
All you need is to remember
That truth is handsomer
Than a prolonged slumber.
Say it once!
Say it once!
Say that I am waiting long
For that true words
Which I will never take wrong.
Say it once!
12, Jan 2016
A novel or a story is said to be a dream, and a whole world created within that dream. It is the job of a writer to make that dream believable. Undying Affinity is such a dream. A dream we all crave for. Yes dream of a never ending passion, which apparently depicts writer’s passion for reading and writing.
Love is the essence of any creativity. Inspiration its foundation. The crux of the novel is the notion of an ever living true love, love which never dies but changes or should I say progresses. The writer’s inspiration is her admiration and veneration for the veteran actor Fawaad Khan, whom writer claims the character of the hero of her novel is based on. Undying Affinity , a debut novel by Sara Naveed, an emerging talent who has been an inspiration for all the aspiring Pakistani writers. She has surely set an example, moreover a direction for writing popular fiction.
For me reading Undying affinity was a very soothing and pleasurable experience, it was a kind of escape.It had been after quite a time that I have not read any sort of popular fiction, was more into some serious literature, so undying affinity was sort of read that relaxed my mind. The best thing I loved about Sara is her attempt of portraying Lahore, its culture and landscape. She is not among that creed of Contemporary Pakistani writers who forget from where they actually belong to.They often writes about foreign culture and their characters are not like readers can relate their lifestyles with . Dialect is yet another fascinating aspect of Sara’s writing. The way she utilizes our own words and expressions in her writing is amazing.
There is an example from the novel, the line I have enjoyed a lot
“Once a Sarriyal , always a Sarriyal”.
As far as crafting of the characters are concerned, Sara has skillfully created them particularly protagonists, be it Ahmer or Zarish. Both characters are flawless both are round characters. Ending of the novel is what satisfies the readers most, they feel delighted, as it was a fairy tale ending where all ends well, a “and they lived happily ever after” kind of end. I thought about an alternative end of it too, however in that case it would disappoint the readers as tragic end is not what Ahmer and Zarish’s love deserve.
Undying Affinity as a whole is a fascinating Romance novel which is its own kind of novel in this genre and is a treat for those who love love stories 🙂
More power to you Sara!
A classy piece of writing,beautifully written and details and description so artfully sketched that it makes you feel that you are present with the writer on the plat form of Lahore Railway Station.
A worthy experience it was, for me, to sit in quite a peaceful corner at Plat form no.3 on a winter’s cold eve with peanuts in my hand.
First one to attract my attention was a group of people, known as “Qulli,” all dressed in old red shirts chaffering aloud and hurrying back and forth. Their faces painted with feelings of hope and bodies weighed down. They carry with themselves the luggage of passengers and responsibility of their families whom they have left behind. One of them was having a little child, holding the corner his father’s shirt in his hand and dreams of a “heavily loaded” future in his heart.
In a the corner a vendor was selling dusted Samosas, already tasted by flies, placed behind the rack of discolored water bottles that were never replaced, on a price at least three times higher than actual price. One person…
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Last November, during SPELT ELT Conference, I got the chance of attending a session on Fiction writing, which was conducted by Sajjad Haider.There I got to know that he himself is a novelist and have written a couple of novella series “Cuckoo” aimed for kids as well as an adult audience. After the session, he gifted us a copy of his first novella Cuckoo and the escape of the little elephant. It was the first time an author gifted me his novella copy with his autograph wow! I am just attempting to write just a review as I have not enough skills to produce an in depth critique.
Cuckoo and the escape of the little elephant was a historical fictional novella , and at reaching the very last chapter, I discovered that the little elephant was Anarkali! our very own Anarkali, memories of whom still cherish us. The only elephant of the Karachi zoological garden, well the questions arise whether incidents and events that writer associated with Anarkali is true or fabricated? was it General Messervy that named Anarkali ? was Anarkali that old ? only the study of history can reply these questions. Otherwise Author has very artfully fabricated his plot with the history that they all seem real and true. Second achievement is creating animal characters both interesting and believable, believable in a sense that they appear lifelike and interesting to not only kids but to an adult reader like me.
Author during the fiction writing session claimed that his novella is for kids but also said that kids under 12 years will find difficulty in understanding the novella as it will be difficult for them to digest symbolism. My humble question was then why author insists to call his novella of kid’s literature ? and if he is associating it with kids then it should be for kids. The Ending of the novella was quite abrupt and ambiguous, as it has not shown the Will of the elephant whether she went to India or not ?.Well being a Pakistani or a Karachite reader may guess the end as we knows well about Anarkali but for a foreign reader and especially for a kid it is difficult to comprehend.
Apart from all this, the whole reading experience of this novella was an absolute pleasure, love the arguments between Myna and Cuckoo, her tantrums ,etc, enjoyed Professor Watayo’s character.In short the novella is among one of the finest novellas of Pakistani Contemporary fiction and is a treat for literature lovers. Hoping to see more exciting novellas and novels from the writer. More power to you Sajjad!
My New poem 🙂
To escape all harshness around,
I stepped into the valley of dreams.
Where there lie all sorts of dreams,
Waiting to be dreamed.
There at the corner of the valley
Flows a stream of Lethe.
In order to dream well
one should loose all remembrance
I sipped the water of forgetfulness,
And was lost in the captivating valley.
Where there were sweet dreams
Of bed of roses,
Pixies with pointed noses.
Of lilies,chrysanthemum and hyacinths,
All in fascinating labyrinths.
Of rainy nights,
Of gallant knights,
Of far away lands
Of valleys and islands
Of sweet love song,
Of Keat’s Nightingale’s song,
that I always long .
And of kingdom of heart,
where every end is a fresh start.
Of a die-heart lover
The one that can shower
I am an aging soul
My dreaming days are over!
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